The purpose of this article is to examine the role religious secondary schools play in the religious identity formation of adolescents. Although several research studies have found a correlation between enrollment in private religious schools and adolescents’ religious identity formation, the researchers of these studies have only speculated about which specific characteristics of religious schools are responsible for this formation in the lives of adolescents. Through a review of the literature, the present article identifies several characteristics of religious secondary schools that may contribute to the process of religious identity formation: a community of religious peers, the presence of religious adults, and an exposure to religious instruction. Implications for Christian secondary school practitioners are also discussed.
Wang, T. J. (2012). Religious Identity Formation Among Adolescents: The Role of Religious Secondary Schools. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 7(2). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol7/iss2/5